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Old 07-12-2017, 01:40 PM
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I know what most here think about the Lee Pro 1000 line of progressive presses, and online reviews are a mixed bag also. Last Fall, before I had to pack up and move, I ordered a Pro 1000 in 9mm because I was curious: 1) were they really as bad as some say? And 2) can they be made to run reliably? And 3) What about consistency?

I was only able to get it set up and run app. 80 rounds initially. For someone who had never owned/used any progressive press, it was a little frustrating to get set up, but not impossible if you take your time. Once set up I did a "passable" job of loading and the rounds all fired with no issues.

Now that I am settled into my new place and have a permanent reloading room, I again got the Pro 1000 set up and am getting more comfortable with the operation and use. I have loaded another 175 rounds with only 1 primer seated sideways and last night's 75 rounds loaded with only 2 stoppages that still have me stumped, but no disasters. Watching all the YouTube videos helped a great deal. Being patient and taking time to set things up also helps greatly. I know that the priming system needs to be kept full to operate as it should, so I add 20 more primers than what I want to load, to keep them flowing. Using a separate seat/crimp set up on my LCT keeps my C.O.L. +/- .002" with the Pro 1000 it runs + .003-.005" . I've never had issues with any Lee powder measure and the Pro Auto Disk does as good a job as any, I am watchful of that pull chain! I do like the case feeder, once set it does what it's suppose to do.

All in all, I haven't found it to be a "terrible" piece of equipment. I take a lot of care in my reloading process and of my equipment. Now that I've had a taste of progressive reloading, I think I may like it. Have been looking at the Dillon machines for a comparison :-)
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Old 07-12-2017, 01:57 PM
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Run a high count of rounds and let us know if the 1000 needs attention to keep it running correctly. I have read a few reports that said they got tired of having to readjust the dies as well as other parts just to keep it running smoothly. I also have read many reports saying they had no problems with the 1000. Like guns we often only hear about the problems and not the good.
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Old 07-12-2017, 02:07 PM
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I personally take online reviews or opinions with a grain of salt. You don't know these people making the reviews or opinions, so you have no way of knowing their expertise or intelligence. Sadly, the majority of folks just aren't that sharp.

I can't recall all the times I've been in the market for some electronic or piece of equipment and would be reading countless reviews of how the item is junk and doesn't work right. However, if I get the item, I never have any trouble with it. So why is everyone else?

A lot of times it all comes down to capability. Follow the instructions and understand how to operate the item properly and chances are it will work just fine. Keep up the practice and this Lee press should serve you well.

I have a Rockchucker and that works for me.
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Practice makes perfect along with paying attention to detail. You will get it all figured out to your liking, Im sure.
Good luck and happy reloading.
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Old 07-12-2017, 04:43 PM
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I use mine to size/decap/bell cases ONLY. NO primers/powder/bullet seating. They then get finished off on the Rockchucker single stage & RCBS multi flo where I can see EVERYTHING that is going on, besides it being more consistently accurate. Faster than a single stage only & slower than a progressive. QUALITY ??? Plenty good enough for me. YMMV
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Old 07-12-2017, 05:34 PM
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Over the course of several decades, I have loaded many tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition on the Lee Pro 1000s that I owned.

They have idiosyncrasies but so do all other progressives.

The only reason that I no longer use them is that I have gone to seating and crimping in different steps and the 3 stage press was no longer suited for me.

The Pro 1000s were replaced with a pair of Lee Loadmasters which have 5 stations available. They to have loaded tens of thousands of rounds so far.

I am in the process of moving right now and I may set up a pair of Dillon 650s in the new house. The Dillions have been sitting (still boxed) in my loading room for two years now. I never found enough free time to stop using the Loadmasters and switch things out.

When I unpack at the new house, whatever Pro 1000 spare parts I still have lying around will be Karma'ed off to anyone that needs them.
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Old 07-12-2017, 07:33 PM
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I've had four progressive presses over many years and finally decided I had no need for such machines. My first was a used Pro 1000. It actually worked pretty well as I recall, but I had been handloading thirty years when I got it twenty or more years ago. It had quirks; they all do. I was amazed at how accurate the Auto-Disk powder system was.

I suspect many of those who bellyache about such machinery are impatient, inexperienced, and expect everything to run perfectly all the time. That seldom happens. Operators may lack the prerequisite understanding of the mechanics involved because they have never loaded on a simpler machine. Whining in some situations is no doubt justified, but a lot of it may not be.

I don't believe a truly poor loading machine can survive in the very competitive market for very long at all. I'm not endorsing the Pro 1000 or anyone else's machine, but the 1000 has been around for a while.
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My Lees all worked fine, yes a bear to set up, but so were the 3 duces on my flat head. The 1000's and loarmasters were traded for guns and I now have several Dillons, Like my RIA's have gone and Colts and STIs have taken their place in the safe.
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Old 08-07-2017, 09:45 AM
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Just an update. Yesterday 8-6-2017, I set the pro 1000 to run some Xtreme 124 gr. FP over 3.8 grs. TiteGroup, Blazer cases and CCI 500 primers. I loaded 25 rounds and took to the range to check for function and all was okay. So back at home, I loaded the remaining 75 of the first 100, and then loaded 200 more in the next session. So another 300 rounds with only 2 minor issues- 1) a primer which didn't fully seat, but that was because it felt funny when I started to seat it. So I stopped without forcing it and removed it from the press. At the end of my session, I finished seating the primer on my Classic Turret and then finished on the Pro 1000. 2) I wanted to see how few extra primers I needed to keep the primers flowing, 6-10 isn't enough, but 15 works fine. So the 2nd issue was merely my experimentation, not the presses fault. 3) Sometimes when the last case drops from the feeder, it will go too far forward and get between the shell plate and top of press; move the case back slightly and all is okay again.

So far, I like the press and how I can load 100 rounds pretty quickly (by my standards lol). Slow and steady seems to work well for me and 100 rounds in 15 minutes and not hurrying is fine with me. I liked the 9mm so well, I bought 2 more in 40 S&W and 45 Auto. The 40 is set up but no rounds through it yet. The 45 is partially set up. Hope to have the same results with both of those.
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Old 08-07-2017, 10:19 PM
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I used a Lee Pro 1000 for several years before moving on to the Classic Turret. I like seating and crimping in different stations and I can load plenty of ammo on the turret. The only real problem I encountered with the Pro 1000 was that the press became "rickety" after a few years and I even thought about trying to tighten it up with shims. In the end I went to the Classic Turret and I could not be happier!
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Run a high count of rounds and let us know if the 1000 needs attention to keep it running correctly. I have read a few reports that said they got tired of having to readjust the dies as well as other parts just to keep it running smoothly. I also have read many reports saying they had no problems with the 1000. Like guns we often only hear about the problems and not the good.
Or change it over to another caliber & back. Get back to us on reliability. Many will have 1 setup for each caliber, seems pointless but that is how some keep their Lee running.
IMO, the reason to go progressive is to save time & effort. That usually is not the case with Lee. If I have to fuss with it much, it isn't fulfilling it's function, regardless of cost. If I have to spend much more than 15m loading 100rds, I am using the wrong tool.
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Old 08-15-2017, 05:06 PM
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I bought a Pro 1000 a few decades ago. This may sound perverse, but I got my enjoyment out of sorting out the jams and mis-feeds. I swapped mine between three calibers with extra shell plates, the devil's own work. Why do we have all the tools we do? Why do we like tinkering? Why reload? The only way to make one pay off in higher throughput is to stick with one caliber and not change anything once set up. That only works for high volume powder burners, not tinkerers that love to change stuff and play with different toys. All those pot-metal, die-cast parts are frail compared to Lee's competitors. I eventually gave mine away to an equally demented soul who loved tinkering. The one issue I never solved was the mis-alignment between shell holder stations and die holes. I learned to set the friction ring on all dies simultaneously with a cartridge pushed into all of them, but the indexing and concentricity would wander out of alignment if you loaded long enough.
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Old 08-15-2017, 06:24 PM
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My Lee 1000's have taught me more about the technical and practical adjustments of reloading than all the RCBS,C/H, Bair, Possness Warren and Herters combined. And I'm not lying.
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Old 08-16-2017, 07:44 AM
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As an update, yesterday evening I had time to finish setting up the Pro 1000 in 40 S&W. Once all tweaked, I loaded 50 test rounds, checking powder charge and bullet seating depth and then checking in my Lyman case gauge. So far, there have been no issues and I will set up to load a few hundred rounds and see how it does. I still have the 45acp press to set up and get ready, hopefully I'll be 3 for 3.
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8-16-2017: filled the case feeder tubes, primer tray, powder measure and counted out 100-165 gr. Xtreme plated FP bullets and proceeded to load 100 rounds of 40 S&W ammo on Blazer brass cases. Had a slight issue with case feeder when tubes were full-first 3-4 pieces of brass would fall over onto side. So, I will need to make an adjustment at the case feeder. Otherwise, no other issues. Every primer seated correctly and no issues with the Auto Pro powder measure. Finished rounds checked fine in my Lyman gauge. As with the 9mm Pro 1000, C.O.L. was +/-.003-.004" from setting of 1.125" desired C.O.L. I sure wish Lee would update the Pro 1000 to a 4 station progressive, but for now it does an acceptable job of producing ammo with few issues.
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